Bond County Food Pantry Receives Grant

The Bond County Senior Center

Bond County Food Pantry, located at the county senior citizens center, has received a grant from Catholic Relief Services.

Anna Oestreich, senior center director, said the grant funds will have a big impact on the local pantry. Oestreich worked with St. Lawrence Catholic Church in making the $2,000 grant possible. The funds will be used to purchase food that will be distributed to residents.

The pantry has served almost 10,000 people over the last twelve months. No regular funding is provided, so the pantry applies for as many grants as possible.

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Most of the food for the pantry is through donations from the community, and churches and organizations periodically conduct food drives. The Bond County Food Pantry also receives food from Operation Food Bank, based in St. Louis.

Oestreich said cash donations are also important to the food pantry. She said they never know from week to week which items the pantry will be short on. With cash donations, they can purchase specific items that are low on a particular week to help ensure nutritious offerings to those served.

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Volunteers run the food pantry at the senior center, located at 1001 East Harris Avenue in Greenville. The Pantry is open Monday and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. Those wishing to volunteer can call the center at 664-1465.